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    Are you staying in Mâ‘alaea?

    by BlueCollar Updated Feb 25, 2007

    If you plan on staying in Mâ‘alaea or north Kihei, please keep in mind that these areas are downwind from the sugarcane fields located throughout the valley. The tradewinds blow almost constantly from east to west with the West Maui Mountains and Haleakalâ channeling it further to the south in this region. So if you suffer from asthma, you may have problems if HC&S is burning one of their many fields in preparation for harvest.

    As you can see in this photo, the cane field in the distance is burning. I snapped this photo along Highway 380 on the way to Kahului. The wind was blowing west-southwest this day which is typical and is carrying the smoke directly towards Mâ‘alaea and north Kihei. Not only will you get blasted by the wind, it may be will be filled with smoke and soot.

    Sugarcane field being burned prior to harvest
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    Road to Hana Driving Etiquette

    by BigBlueOne Written Dec 2, 2006

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    There is NONE!!!! Beware the locals, they are out to make sure you end up wetting yourself... Imagine a big truck coming at you at 45 MPH while your left tires are 1 foot from a cliff and your right tires are scraping the edge of an upward bound cliff...

    Kind of like a roller coaster but without all the safety features...

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  • Bike tours kill

    by Macheteman Updated Sep 30, 2006

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    To anyone thinking of taking a bike tour ride down Haleakala please think twice. Here are a few things to consider. The head of Maui Memorial Hospital's ER has said in an interview in the Maui News that these bike rides are one of the most dangerous activities one can do on Maui. There have been at least 7 deaths. Some estimates are higher than 10. In addition to these deaths very serious injuries have occured including parapelgic. Type in bike accidents on Maui and you'll see some of the articles that have come out on this issue on the web. Near accidents between vehicles and biker riders are common. Look at public records of the Public Works Committee and you can read about public comments which back up what I'm trying to warn you about. Lastly confrontations between the general public and the bike company employees has been increasing with physical altercations. Do yourself and anyone you love a major favor check out the facts and skip this one.

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  • Hidden Dangers in Paradise

    by muchetti Written Sep 23, 2006

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    To date there have been over 10 deaths on bike tour rides. The head of ER at Maui Memorial Hopital said that they see an accident in the ER on an every other day basis. Calls these tours "One of the most dangerous activities on Maui." Do yourself a big favor, ship this one..

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    Maui Reviled?

    by klasher Written Aug 7, 2006

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    We, like many other tourist have purchased the "Maui Revealed" book. It was very informative and took us to some great places. One of the sights listed in the book leads you to the Blue Hole. We parked and started down the road to the swimming hole. We were met halfway with a small family that told us there was a big scary guy that yelled at them to get off of his property. Curious-we kept going. Sure enough, there was a large,long haired, menacing looking man blocking our path. Striking up a conversation we discovered that this WAS private property and he had several front page articles on the book we had in our pack and how his land was being destroyed by the throngs of people flocking to this sacred spot. He let us pass and we had the luxury of enjoying the pool with no one present. We did not stay long and expressed our gratitude upon leaving to our host. I only wish I had snapped a photo of him!

    Solo swimming at the Blue Hole The walk to the Blue Hole

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    Muddy Hikes

    by Albernfrau Written Apr 18, 2006

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    If you are going to hike to any waterfalls and it has been raining I strongly suggest some shoes that you don't mind getting completely muddy. I was halfway up my calves in mud when I took a wrong path heading to one of the waterfalls on the Hana Highway

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  • Hitchhikers abound

    by ecrivain Written Jan 14, 2006

    On Maui there are a lot of people who are there for the surfing season without cars. A lot of people hitchhike to get around the island. While I do not recommend picking up hitchhikers, it does seem to be a common practice.

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    Beautiful but Dangerous Curves

    by KiKitC Updated Aug 3, 2005

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    Remember, it rains often in Hawaii. And it can get quite windy. We rented a Harley for the day. We rode all day, got rained on four times, but it always clears. Towards the evening, we headed towards Haleakala, not towards the summit, but aroung 37, down the south west side of the mountain. The roads are two lane, with nice soft dips and curves. Beautiful roads for the motorcyle enthusiast. Already aware of the wet roads, my husband (a veteran rider) was putting along at about 30 mph. Such a nice ride, I was on the back taking pictures.

    As we came along an outside curve, a huge gust of wind (we heard later of gusts up to 60 mph that day) picked up the bike and us and tried to blow us off the side of the mountain. Thank God we did't go over the side, but we hit lava rocks and wrecked. I spent the rest of Maui vacation in the hospital.

    Be aware of the wet roads, the high winds, and although helmets aren't required, I'd suggest them. I only got thrown about five feet from the bike, but those lava rocks mangled whatever part of my body hit. It could have been my skull.

    Be careful...but Maui has the greatest riding I've ever done.

    Peaceful Road - Taken just before the Accident
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    Watch out where you park!

    by Jewelslover Written Apr 27, 2005

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    Be VERY CAREFUL where you park and how long you've parked there. I parked in a lot that was like a 2-hour lot near Lahaina and got a ticket. Of course in a rental car the rental company made me pay the ticket. Rats! And it wasn't cheap!

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    Keep valuables out of car!

    by rstary Written Nov 11, 2004

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    They are watching you! Don't leave valuables unattended in your car. Try not to leave anything in the trunk for that matter. There is a problem with car break-ins. The tourists are pretty obvious, as you might guess.

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    Surfin' Maui Style

    by AliasGirl Written Sep 24, 2004

    There are so many beaches to stop and go surfing with the locals. But becareful especially beginners, the waves can be rough and if you don't know the area you could get hurt.

    Tip: Hire a Surfing instructor to show you the ropes!

    Locals Surfing

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    Do Not Disturb

    by akskibunny Written Jun 8, 2004

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    If you don't follow this advice, beware of the curse of Pele! (Do NOT disturb her "children" or you will have bad luck!!)
    Hawaiian legends tell that eruptions were caused by Pele, the beautiful but tempestuous Goddess of Volcanoes, during her frequent moments of anger. Pele was both revered and feared; her immense power and many adventures figured prominently in ancient Hawaiian songs and chants. She could cause earthquakes by stamping her feet and volcanic eruptions and fiery devastations by digging with the Pa'oe, her magic stick. An oft-told legend describes the long and bitter quarrel between Pele and her older sister Namakaokahai that led to the creation of the chain of volcanoes that form the islands.
    -- Excerpt from: Tilling, et.al., 1987, Eruptions of Hawaiian Volcanoes: Past, Present, and Future, USGS General Interest Publication

    Ahihi Preserve, Maui
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    Be careful of rocks on the beach

    by Erin74 Written Mar 24, 2004

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    Many of the beaches in Maui have lava, coral or rocks on them. Sometimes you can't even see it until you are actually out in the water. I can tell you from personal experience that it's very easy to cut yourself if you are swimming near rocks or lava. Be extremely careful. You may want to invest in a pair of water shoes just to prevent yourself from stepping on rocks while in the ocean.

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    Timeshare Salesmen

    by rmdw Updated Sep 2, 2003

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    When you visit Maui you wil undoubtedly come across people trying to sell you timeshares. My advice is to quickly walk away and/or pretend you don't speak English or Spanish.

    They'll offer you a free meal or even sometimes free accommodations.

    But after that you will go through a gruelling 3 to 4 hour interrogation-like sales job unlike you've never experienced before. They will bring in multiple people to talk with you and ridicule you. I'm not exaggerating. It will add a huge sour not to your vacation.

    If you're really looking for a timeshare then I'd suggest buying one in your country of origin so that if something goes wrong with the deal then you can take legal action more easily.

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    Dangerous waters

    by steffini Written Jun 18, 2003

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    Usually there are signs.
    OK so you are wise and don't swim. Another danger awaits you. While taking this picture i almost got struck by a coconut. It fell down from the palm tree behind the sign. The milk was so refreshing. We were out of water!

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